Klicker’s 11 strikeouts and 13 CofC hits fuel Cougars’ fifth straight victory
MT. PLEASANT, SC Feb. 22, 2013 – The College of Charleston softball team downed Wagner, 4-1, in the opening game of the Cougar Classic at Patriots Point on Friday evening. The Cougars won their fifth straight behind another dominant performance from sophomore pitcher Hope Klicker (Walla Walla, Wash.) as well as a season-high 13-hit offensive outburst.
CofC (5-3) was once again able to produce some early run support for Klicker who picked up her third complete-game victory in as many outings. She fanned 11 for the second straight game and limited the Seahawks to just five hits, three seeing-eye singles and two which didn’t leave the infield.
Of the 13 Cougar hits, eight were driven back into the middle third of the field.
Carly Corthell (Reno, Nev.) and Valerie Cassell (Edison, N.J.) were both good for three hits on the day. Cassell was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Kristy Giragosian (Charlotte, N.C.) added two RBIs as well.
Chandler Frisbie (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
After Klicker put down the first six Seahawks in order, the Cougar bats went to work in the bottom of the second inning. Frisbie singled back up the middle and Cassell singled down the first-base line to put two on with one out. The pair would move up to second and third on a groundout, where they’d both score on a hard-hit two-out Giragosian single.
The Seahawks wouldn’t reach a baserunner until the third when they’d load the bases on three singles, two of which didn’t leave the infield. Klicker worked out of the jam, however, with a pair of strikeouts and the help of a lead-saving over-the-shoulder catch by Frisbie at first base.
In the bottom of the third, the Cougars padded their lead on a two-out rally sparked by back-to-back singles to center from Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) and Frisbie. After Rebecca Mueller (Fair Oaks, Calif.) drew a walk to load the bases, Cassell hammered a pitch back up the middle to bring two runners around to score.
Wagner put itself on the board in the fifth when Carley Nicoletti singled up the middle and took second on a wild pitch before scoring on Kristen Matteoni’s RBI single.
Klicker wouldn’t allow another baserunner the rest of the way and the Cougars would coast to their fifth straight victory.
CofC resumes action in the Classic with a pair of games on Saturday. CofC is slated to see Radford at 12 p.m. followed by Wagner again at 2:30 p.m.